Many injuries in Malawi require surgical care, but there are only 25 surgeons in Malawi, and very few of them are Malawian. Training Malawians to be surgeons, teachers and leaders has the potential to provide and improve surgical care for years to come. Under the leadership of UNC surgeons Carol Shores and Anthony Charles, the Malawi Surgical Initiative was established at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe in July 2009.
The Malawi surgical resident training program is the largest training program in the region. It is designed for general practitioners and leads to fellowship in the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). The MSI continues to grow through curriculum development, clinical and didactic training, and career mentorship.
After five years of post-medical-school training through the MSI, these surgeons will spend a lifetime providing surgical care to some of the poorest people in the world. In addition, they will become the faculty for the self-sustaining training program, guiding generations of surgeons and leaders.
The residency program is a partnership of KCH, the Malawi College of Medicine in Blantyre, Haukland University Department of Surgery (Norway) and the UNC Departments of Surgery and Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery.